Jody Horton
laV
Mark Mediana, DREX Media
Half Step
Garage
The Silo on 7th
Container Bar
Robert Gallegos
Paul Toohey
Ryan R. Taylor
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1. Blackbird and Henry 3016 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705 (Utwest Campus)

Blackbird and Henry are bringing a touch of class to the Campus area with this upscale neighborhood tavern.

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2. Odd Duck 1201 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704 (South Austin)

Communal seating, an expansive patio, and an open kitchen (the view is best from the bar) abet in the casual atmosphere at Odd Duck -- a second concept from the team behind Barley Swine -- on South Lamar Boulevard. Antithetical to its atmosphere, Odd Duck's menu features upscale, intricate dishes inspired by the daily pick at the local farmer's market, and thus the menu shifts with the Texan seasons. Odd Duck features craft cocktails, craft beer, and wine to pair with its flavor- and ingredient-forward dishes. If you happen upon the pimento cheeseburger, get it.

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3. laV 1501 East 7th St, Austin, TX 78702 (East Austin)

An impressive wine list, intriguing dishes like Wood Oven Bouillabaisse with squid, clams, and blue prawn, and a complimentary valet make laV the ideal spot to go when you want to feel like a celebrity... then treat yourself to a Meyer Lemon Cream and feel like a slightly larger celebrity.

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4. Due Forni 106 E Sixth St, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)

Due Forni is a casual pizza and wine spot where you can watch spaghetti Westerns and choose between pies from one of two ovens -- a Roman oven turning out thin and crispy-crusted 'zas, and another Neapolitan oven making a thicker, softer bread.

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5. Half Step 75 1/2 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)

The inside of the little blue house that is Half Step is dark and lined in tea-stained wall paper. Cool off with one of the meticulously crafted cocktails, like the NOLA-born Sazerac (rye whiskey, sugar, Peychaud’s bitters, absinthe rinse), and remember what the glowing sign that greets you on the way in says: "You earned it."

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6. Garage 503 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)

One of the most exciting drink menus in Austin is also one of the most hidden. Keep your eyes peeled as you head to dark, industrial Garage: it's tucked inside the parking garage on Colorado and marked by a turquoise neon sign. Feeling something citrus-y and herbal? Go for the Indian Paintbrush (vodka, grapefruit, lime, rosemary). Looking to go bold? Consider trying the Forked Tongue (sotol, jalapeno, lime, green chartreuse, saline).

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7. The Silo on 7th 1300 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702 (East Austin)

The Silo has super affordable burgers and brews (like Deep Ellum) that you can enjoy on their rooftop.

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8. Container Bar 90 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)

This Rainey St spot lives up to its name, made of repurposed and stacked shipping containers with an awesome series of multi-level outdoor decks. Check out some live music or just enjoy a cocktail in the open air.

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9. Porter Gastropub 3715 S 1st St Ste A, Austin, TX 78704 (South Austin)

Porter Gastropub brings everything you could possibly want to South First -- 30 drafts, burgers with Brie, and pierogies.

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10. The Hightower 1209 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702 (East Austin)

The dishes at High Tower -- a friendly neighborhood spot in East Austin -- run the gamut from Tex-Mex to Asian, and though their flavor and presentation could compete with the best of Austin's white-hot culinary scene, they're still affordable enough to order any night of the week, not just for special occasions. Grab a spot on the outdoor patio and try the ever-popular and comforting roasted pork jowl, a Korean hot pot filled with rice, egg yolk, cucumber, pickled shallots, and house Sriracha. Another favorite? Grilled scallops with avocado and grapefruit.

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